First off: create this hilarious mental image – trying to drill a hole with a wrench.
Ok, now that you’re loling…
PRAYER. Prayer is like a WRENCH. When you mess up, when you’re tempted, trying to fix things through prayer is like trying to drill a hole with a wrench.
Hilarious but really, really frustrating.
Because we’ve all tried this, right? We all pray when things get tough and we can’t change things ourselves. But then we make that same sin, that same mistake again and again.
“But I prayed! And I prayed and I prayed and things just haven’t changed! I’m still not strong enough, I still fall, and I keep falling and falling and falling and I pray and nothing happens.”
Pray doesn’t set us free. Truth sets us free.
First, get out of denial, seek the truth, and you will find it. Shine the light on that sin in your life and confront it, see it face-to-face. Ask for God’s help there…
Quote Scripture to Satan.
The Temptation of Jesus
1Then Jesus was led by the Spirit into the desert to be tempted by the devil. 2After fasting forty days and forty nights, he was hungry. 3The tempter came to him and said, “If you are the Son of God, tell these stones to become bread.”
4Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man does not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.'”
5Then the devil took him to the holy city and had him stand on the highest point of the temple. 6″If you are the Son of God,” he said, “throw yourself down. For it is written:
” ‘He will command his angels concerning you,
and they will lift you up in their hands,
so that you will not strike your foot against a stone.'”
7Jesus answered him, “It is also written: ‘Do not put the Lord your God to the test.'”
8Again, the devil took him to a very high mountain and showed him all the kingdoms of the world and their splendor. 9″All this I will give you,” he said, “if you will bow down and worship me.”
10Jesus said to him, “Away from me, Satan! For it is written: ‘Worship the Lord your God, and serve him only.'”
11Then the devil left him, and angels came and attended him.
If this is how Jesus dealt with temptation, why do we think that we can just pull up our bootstraps and try harder and resolve to do better next time and pray about it and think we can actually overcome the hardest temptations in our lives?
You want purity? You want to fight back? Jesus instructs us how… memorize your Bible.
Pray, ask God to show you your sin, if you don’t know what makes you angry or depressed or hateful or lust then ask God to reveal that to you, and then, ask God to show you the verses in the Bible that you can memorize to fight back. To remind yourself of the TRUTH that can set you free…
and Satan will flee from you.
– Andy Stanley, paraphrased, by me. (Learned this this morning on the route to work).